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Samson Budweiser Bier Premium | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of jonmikel
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of herrburgess
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beerman1977
1.5/5  rDev -57%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jonb5
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass. Golden colour, clear, no head, apple juice. Very nice Saaz aroma, hints of red cabbage and vanila. Tasted slightly off apples, slightly bitter finish but had less hop bitterness than some more well known Czech beers. Smooth mouthfull, body slightly heavy and sticky, not enough carbonation. Overall not bad but needed more carbonation and was too sticky. Almost a very good beer.

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Photo of stephens101
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The green bottle scares me, but I have an exploratory nature, so here goes. Not sure if I've already set this one up for failure, but a hint of skunk floats out of the bottle. Off a medium pour a slight dirty white head rises and sticks for a few before leaving a miniscule batch of webbed lace behind. A hazy yellow orange in color, and I see floaties; another bad omen, but I'm going to push ahead and see what lays in store.

Typically sweet and vegetal to the nose with a thin vein of fruitiness and some green grass. Tastes almost overly sweet and fruity fruity with overpowering vegetal notes, and say it ain't so! Corn! A little spice eventually seeps in. Has a bit of hops at the very end. Mouth-feel is medium and this beer is everything but sharp going down. It doesn't necessarily hurt a lager to have a little creaminess, but that crisp and dry edge is what I'm looking for. When all is said and done this one just doesn't coalesce. Everything just seems off, and I have a bit of a hard time finishing.

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Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, no date, foiled cap.

It pours with a noticeable amount of yeast leaving me to believe it is old, but I will never really know I guess. It is a deep gold with a foamy white head that sticks for a bit then recedes with some lacing.

The smell is grainy with a heightened yeast and alcohol character. The hops seem to be faded.

Despite being bast its prime the taste is rather interesting. It has a nice bitterness still though it has lost a bit of pop. The grains lend a grahamy, honeyish flavor to the beer.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I think it is due to it being past prime.

This beer is good even past it's prime, I wish I could have it fresh.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours a deep, clear gold or light copper with a 2-finger head which quickly receeds to nothingness. No lacing.

S: Faint malts and a whiff of floral hops and nuts.

M: Light-to-medium body with very little carbonation.

T: Slightly sweet malt balances well with the bitter Noble hops. Hints of grass and nuts. Astringent hops dominate the aftertaste.

D: The lack of carbonation and balanced flavor combine to make this an easy beer to consume in large quantities. Has all the right elements of a Czech lager, but struggles to bring them all together in large enough doses to make this a memorable beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large, newer bottle design. Pours a rather luminous pale gold with thin white head. Nose has a huge dose of Saaz, accompanied by two bitchslaps of skunkyness. Palate has a sweet malty component that is then overriden by the hops 'n skunk. Finish is sweet.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Johnnie's Lounge, in memoriam

In tribute to the passing of Chicago's finest bartender at 87 years young, and to the end of and era at Johnnie's Lounge, i'm toasting John Vrbetic this evening with a tall bottle of Samson.

Upon entering Johnnie's, order the house beer aka "the Czech beer", and Samson is what you got. This was his beer, even though a sun-faded Hamm's sign swung outside the bar. The man was resolutely independent, tending his bar 7 days a week for the last 40 of his 87 years. Once buzzed inside, you stepped back decades in time. A dim, time-ravaged cave extended in a typically narrow Chicago tavern style, warm brown wood paneling lined the walls, up to the nicotine stained drop ceiling. A glowing Hamms clock hung above the bar, long stopped. It's quiet here except for the late show on the old tv propped up in the corner, the jukebox played it's last song well over a year ago.

A small elderly gentleman stands behind the long wood bar, decked out in a coat and tie. The air is heavy with a quiet contemplation. It is here you can truly relax and escape the troubles of the day, talk things over, or shoot a game of pool. Johnnie's was a true Chicago classic, inexplicably the most unique and comfortable bar i've ever visited. John was the master running the show, living out his dream until the very end. Cheers John!


Pours a clear golden color, into a small 6 oz. glass at Johnnie's Lounge. Under the dim bar lights, there is trace carbonation visible. Very brief head of foam that dwindles to a thin ring. Smells like skunky hops at first, but this aroma soon dissipates into mildly sweet grain and more floral hops.

Pale malt, noble hops, sweet corn, and mineral water form the bulk of this Czech Pils. A fairly dry, herbal, and crackery sweet aftertaste. Light honey also. Fairly average, but balanced enough, with no disagreeable qualities. More interesting than Urquell, but not as crisp as Czechvar or BB Burgerbrau.

Above average mouthfeel, soft but not too watery. Good malt presence, somewhat buttery. Highly drinkable, and worthy of the authentic Bohemian Pilsner designation.

Imported by Stawski Imports, Chicago.

Current "house beer" at my favorite dive, Johnnie's Lounge in Chicago. A lost oasis of 1970's rec-room nostalgia, with Hank and Patsy on the juke. Just ask for the Czech beer...it's the only import Johnnie buys nowadays.

See: http://www.chicagobarproject.com/Reviews/Johnnie's/Johnnie's.htm
10-23-09 RIP John, you'll be missed.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with suspended yeast throughout. One inch head of an white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, strong yeast cleanliness,and slight hop in the background. Overall, still clearly a Euro beer with that yeast flavor - but better than most I've had.

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Photo of atis
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Riga. It has 4.9% ABV.

Pours pale golden with large white and fast dissipating head, leaves some lacing and has a few small slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is faint citrusy herbal hops.

Taste is herbal bitterness, hints of honey in the background, medium dry finish with sweeter citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, around average or slightly above it carbonation.

Overall, clean and bittery Czech Pilsener, very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter green bottle from La Bodega, on to the beer:

Darker than gold in color, the head is 1/2 inch thick and holds good retention and lacing. The aroma is faint, some grass and floral notes. As for taste, it's clean and drinkable with soe crispness in the body. Light in flavor...slightly sweet with grassy notes and a spicy herbal pinch at the end.

No wonder the Czech's drink so much beer, it's easy down the hatch. Good at washing down an entree of macaroni and cheese.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, picked up at a European specialty market in the Bay Area.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Medium white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just the barest trace of lace.

This isn't an aromatic beer, the aroma being just a barely detectable scent of hops and grass. But, really, not a strong aroma.

Taste is as it should be for the style: crisp, dry, with a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is also spot on for the style, being mildly carbonated and not too thick. Drinkability is high and quite refreshing.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I drank have this bottle and used the other half for my Texas style chili Iam makeing.Poured into a pilsner a light to medium golden with good clarity a fluffy-sprtitzy white head atop,clean but pleasant aromas toasty with some green apple and iron.Lighter clean mouthfeel with lighter flavors but again pleasant,toasty and grainy with that green apple note with a bit of honey-like sweetness as well with a smattering of floral hop.A great summer lager its light but with real flavor,I liked it.

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Photo of cbn
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden body, thin white head,active carbonation.

Subtle aromas, very light grassy hops and thin malt.

Floral and grassy hop flavors carry a light, barely sweet malt with a slightly bitter finish.

Soft and smooth on the palate, finishes with a quick bite at the tip of the tounge.

Thirst quenching, easy drinking, session beer, label lists 4.7abv.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting- I notice that they've changed their labels from the
beer pictured. Ahh well.
Samson Premium Czech Lager pours a couple fingers of dense
creamy head over a clear dark yellow brew. Carbonation is moderate,
and the nose is light barley malt and barley. The flavor is sweetish
barley malt with soft herbal hop finish. There's a tiny hint of grass in
the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Not a bad Czech lager and
they even put in a proper brown bottle. Worth a try.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simple, straightforward euro-pale lager. Not really like a lot of the other Czech pilsners out there, in terms of complexity or hop character. But extremely drinkable and has an unusually heavy mouthfeel that makes it taste (?) a little more "premium" than its counterparts. Pale yellow/bronze in the glass, with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of a "skunk" smell (green bottle--duh!) but the taste is decent, slightly spicy hops followed by a somewhat sweet (though not too sweet) malty finish. It's a great beer to carry around at a party because the bottle looks so great. I understand AB is suing (or being sued by?) Budějovický M욻anský Pivovar over the use of the name "Budweiser." The American company could take a lesson from the Czechs (who used the name first, by the way) in how beer should taste.

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Photo of rabsten
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, this bottle is probably over a year old. Maybe longer, judging by the last time it was reviewed. It was a "lone ranger" sitting in Leo's cooler.

Poured into a pint glass with a thick head that quickly goes away. Some lacing. Light amber-yellow color, mediem carbonation.

Smells Kolsch-y, like many euro-lagers, with the expected mild skunkiness inherent in the greeen bottle genre.

Tastes Kolschy. Slightly skunky Heineken-esque. Citrus finish.

Drinks pretty well, but there's a distinct and unexpected heaviness to the mouthfeel.

I've never seen this one before, and may never see it again. Not worth seeking out, but not worth avoiding, either. Would probably be better fresh.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice clear deep golden topped by a fluffy white head. The head was not too long lasting and left little lace on the glass.

The saaz aroma was very nice. It gave the beer a earthy nose and a fairly complex malty spicyness.

The best part of the beer was its aroma and it overpowered the taste. The malt sweetness was so subtle that it came through long after the beer was off the tongue and had been swallowed.

The mouthfeel was medium light at best and had little carbonation.

I would not consider this beer complex in any aspect. It is a nice beer but not spectacular. I guess I was disappointed because I was hoping for more from a Czech beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a brown 33cl bottle with white lettering on a black label. Above the lettering is a rather dissheveled looking Bacchus bust. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 7/7/04, I opened it on 2/3/4.

Clear deep slightly reddish gold hue under a one finger white head that quickly disappears completely. The nose is pleasant, with good fresh flowery hops and a touch of malt. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste opens with a good balanced malt flavor, chased by that signature Czech hoppy bitterness that starts sweet and flowery, then gets progressively stronger as the liquid drains out of the mouth and the aftertaste kicks in. This is not an overly imaginative or innovative brew, but it is definitely quaffable in large quantities.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another gift from a Czech-teaching friend, this serving of Samson was presented in a 500 ml bottle, with a Harley-Davidson promotion on the label. Apparently, the 10th anniversary of HD in Prague is being celebrated this year.

The appearance of this beer was a light golden color, with a half-finger head that disappeared pretty quickly. Only a little bit of lacing clung to the side, but gradually slid away. A grainy malt character, some fruity aspects, and somewhat of a pepper-like scent were detected. Unfortunately, a faint scent of metal was also present. The taste started off somewhat bitter, but some grainy and mildly sweet elements took over. I can't quite discern what spice(s) may be active here, but a nice complexity is added to the brew. It finished somewhat dry, but the same spiciness hung around for just enough to give a rather clean, crisp aftertaste. The mouthfeel was excellent on this one. Lots of activity on the tongue, and the medium body held the flavor more than adequately. Samson turned out to be quite the tasty, refreshing brew, despite its long voyage in my buddy's suitcase. An excellent pilsener. Congratulations to Prague, too, on excellent beer and 10 years of Harley-Davidson.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden body that's capped by a thin but creamy white head which drops almost immediately. It retains a very thin collar but leaves no lace. The nose, however, picks thinks up a bit with a rich, grainy and mildly honeyish malt that's tempered by some light alcohol and subtle background hops. The body is medium; and combines with a moderate carbonation to leave it gently crisp and smooth across the palate. Unfortunately, as it warms it tends to loose it's gentle zest and becomes dull. The flavor displays sweetish and grainy malt that's even a touch nutty, alongside some alcohol. Bitterness plays a supporting role. It finishes clean and dry with just a touch of residual malt and some earthy/herbal hops. With the exceptions of it's poor head retention and noticeable alcohol, it's a very nice and interesting beer that has a great maltiness to it.

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Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a thin white head that immediately fades into a very faint trace of lace. Nose is fresh malts and grains blended with a nice bouquet of floral hops. The sweet malts and grains come through up front in the taste followed by a bit of a spicy and bitter hop bite. The alcohol is surprisingly noticeable for such a light brew. Very crisp and refreshing with a clean finish that is a bit acidic. A pretty enjoyable lager that would be nice on warm day outside while grilling.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear pale yellow/orange with a white 1-finger head. The aroma consists of a mild but fresh earthy grain with a light peppery hop in the background. The taste right off the front end is a hop bite followed by a lightly sweet earthy grain again and finishes with a mild hop finish that is lightly dry. This is one very refreshing brew! Although this is not my favorite style, I’m very impressed with this mild yet complex brew. Very well done! I can imagine that this beer would pair well with certain dishes. Thanks once again to Pegasus for the opportunity to sample this beer! Na zdraví!

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